bind·​ing | \ ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce binding (audio) \

Definition of binding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of one that binds
2 : a material or device used to bind: such as
a : the cover and materials that hold a book together
b : a narrow fabric used to finish raw edges
c : a device that holds a boot firmly to a ski or snowboard



Definition of binding (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : that binds
2 : imposing an obligation

Other Words from binding


bindingly \ ˈbīn-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce binding (audio) \ adverb
bindingness noun

Examples of binding in a Sentence

Noun a carpet edged with canvas binding The bindings have started to come loose. Adjective The contract is legally binding. The parties agreed to settle the dispute through binding arbitration.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Furthermore, the negative effects of the virus can be in part attributed to the non-neutralizing binding of antibodies to the postfusion form. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 3 May 2022 While the ligand-binding connections were rather weak, interactions between the transmembrane domains seemed to provide most of the structure’s stability. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 This offers an easy and convenient way to gauge how much glucose-to-protein binding is occurring throughout the body. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 7 Apr. 2022 The plan is to remove as much as possible before Saturday and put salt down to prevent binding. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Feb. 2022 In need of a solution for quickly attaching a pole to that harness, while allowing for total freedom of movement, Gorbold adapted a binding from a nordic ski to the purpose. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 13 May 2019 Meanwhile, interior seams with elastic binding and a 16 percent spandex blend in the shell allow for superior stretch when adjusting snowshoe straps and planting ski poles. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, 29 Mar. 2022 Congress should apply these ethical rules, with legal binding, to the Supreme Court, too. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 22 Feb. 2022 The idea of two defiant nonconformists on a romantic caper is bolstered to some degree by Anna’s voiceover narration, but this device is simultaneously overused and too intermittent to give the clunky film much binding. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who in a non-binding opinion said providing gender-affirming medical care to minors was child abuse, immediately vowed to appeal the injunction. NBC News, 12 Mar. 2022 The international court said in a non-binding opinion that Britain had unlawfully carved up Mauritius, an archipelago nation whose main island is some 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off the southeast coast of Africa. Jill Lawless, ajc, 14 Feb. 2022 Without limitation, decisions of the Sponsors are final and binding in all matters related to this paragraph. Rolling Stone, 4 Feb. 2022 Participation constitutes full and unconditional agreement to these rules andOutside and its and judges’ decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. The Editors, Outside Online, 22 Sep. 2021 Also please notice that the Paris agreement has no legally binding language. David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Despite these settlements and analyses that have resulted from these cases, official and binding guidance has yet to be issued. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 In that ruling, Buckley held that the terms of the producers’ contract with AMC were clear, unambiguous and legally binding. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 If that happens, tens or hundreds of thousands of people from over the world will be released into the United States, under the theoretically binding but loosely enforced requirement to attend a hearing at some point months or years in the future. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of binding


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2022

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“Binding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for binding


bind·​ing | \ ˈbīn-diŋ How to pronounce binding (audio) \

Kids Definition of binding

1 : the cover and the fastenings of a book
2 : a narrow strip of fabric used along the edge of an article of clothing
3 : a device that attaches a boot to a ski



Legal Definition of binding

1 : imposing a legal obligation the agreement is binding on the parties
2 : requiring submission to a specified authority the suppression order was binding on the Department of TransportationNational Law Journal


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